Monday 15 July 2019

About Today Readings

St Bonaventure
Exodus 1:8-14, 22. Psalm 123(124). Matthew 10:34 – 11:1.
Our help is in the name of the Lord – Psalm 123(124)
‘Those who do not take up their cross and follow me are not worthy of me.’

The messages in today’s gospel are not all pretty and gift-wrapped. There’s a hard edge that calls for conversion and commitment. Jesus knew then that many would not see the message as good news. Not everyone would accept his invitation to change.

Jesus insisted that the kingdom took priority over family loyalties. Maybe this was his version of ‘tough love’, as even the disciples took a long time to understand this message. They didn’t understand it fully until Jesus had risen – but still they stayed.

Then it is confusing to hear Jesus’ words about losing one’s life. Even the promise of finding life having lost it for Jesus’ sake seems cryptic. Let us remember the witness of the generations of believers who have gone before – there is life to be found in his name, in his presence, in his steps. May we welcome him into our hearts today.

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